Producer, Channel 13 News at Four

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  • Iowa’s ‘Ninja Bug Man’ Looks Back at Incredible Season of ‘American Ninja Warrior’

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Tyler Smith had an unbelievable run this season on NBC’s “American Ninja Warrior.” He was one of 21 ninjas to compete in the national finals. That’s not too bad for an exterminator from Johnston. The national finals aired Monday night on NBC. Unfortunately, Smith fell near the end of the Stage 3 course and did not get a shot at the million dollar prize. Smith tells Channel 13 he got to the point where his muscles […]

  • “Homeless Stand Down” Preparing to Help Large Number of Homeless Iowans

    Des Moines, IOWA —  Iowans who are homeless or nearly homeless can attend a big event that will provide a variety of services at one location. “Homeless Veterans Stand Down” is for both veterans and non-veterans. Attendees can a good meal, a hair cut, new clothes, and much more. Volunteers will also be available to help with legal aid, housing assistance, and other paper work.  Veterans will have services specific to their needs. Last year, 1,300 people attended Homeless Stand […]

  • American Idol Maddie Poppe Returns Home for Fair Performance

    Des Moines, IOWA —  Clarksville native, Maddie Poppe won American Idol more than a year ago and life hasn’t slowed down yet. But that doesn’t keep her away from Iowa. Poppe performs Thursday night at the Susan Knapp Amphitheater. The concert starts at 8:00 p.m. The Clarksville native is promoting her new single and is now working on a new album. She took a break before her sound check to talk with our Ed Wilson and the new album, the […]

  • Treatment Experts Preparing for Sports Gambling to Go into Effect

    Des Moines, IOWA — The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission will roll out sports betting on August 15th and the Iowa Department of Health says it’s ready to help problem gamblers. IDPH’s Problem Gambling Prevention and Treatment manager Eric Preuss wants people to remember three things about placing bets. Make bets within your means, avoid getting to the point where you’re chasing and trying to win back losses, and make sure that it’s for fun and entertainment. Preuss says you […]

  • 5K Honors Iowan’s Mission to Promote Organ Donation

    Des Moines, IOWA — This weekend, runners will take to the streets of Manson, to honor a young woman who was a lung transplant twice but never lost her love of life. Emily Markert underwent two lung transplants after contracting a form of pneumonia in 1999.   She passed away in 2014. Daniel Hoffman-Zinnel meet Emily in 1999 when they were hospitalized at the Mayo Clinic. They shared the same doctor and surgeon and bonded during their time in ICU. He […]

  • Back-to-School Checklist Should Include Immunizations and Physicals

    Des Moines, Iowa — We are about one month away from the start of the 2019-2020 school year and now is the time to start thinking about vaccinations and school physicals. Dr. Caitlin Pedati is the medial director for the Department of Public Health says it’s important to stay up to date on immunization records. Requirements for school entry can help parent stay on schedule. Iowa does have a requirement that is newer. Seventh and eighth graders need to be […]

  • ‘Kids Lives Matter’ Event Aims for Fun and Empowerment

    DES MOINES, Iowa — A big event this weekend is all about kids having fun while learning to take power over their own lives. The “Kids Lives Matter FunRaiser Challenge” is Saturday.  There’s dancing, food and prizes. But there is also a focus on kids’ health, education and safety. Bo James of Hip Hope Inc. wants all kids to join in. He also encourages parents and city leaders to come out to support and have fun with the kids. The […]

  • Documentary Uncovering Sex Trafficking in Iowa

    Des Moines, IOWA —  A riveting and eye-opening documentary looks at sex trafficking, not on the coasts or in other cities, but right here in the Midwest. “Gridshock” was created by Vanessa McNeal, an Iowa filmmaker and survivor of childhood sexual violence. The Film aims to uncover the demand that keeps the industry alive and hopes to show that trafficking can happen anywhere. You’ll hear from people who went to buy some of illegal services. “Gridshock” will soon be available […]

  • The Best USA Track & Field Athletes Coming to Des Moines

    Des Moines, IOWA — We are one year from the 2020 summer games but you don’t have to wait or travel to Tokyo to see Olympic athletes compete. The USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships begins Thursday. You’ll see 74 Olympians, the most ever at the same sporting event in Iowa. Some local favorites are also running on the blue oval at Drake Stadium. The four-day meet is the final stop of the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championship Series and will […]

  • Former “Voice” Contestant Holds Summer Camp for Foster Children

    DES MOINES, Iowa —  A Des Moines woman shared her talent and life story on the NBC singing competition “The Voice” and now Sharane Calister is sharing her experience with young people here at home. Sharane Calister was a favorite of coach Adam Levine but she just missed the top ten. She hasn’t stopped singing or giving back. Calister started a summer camp for teens in the the foster system. She was in foster care herself and wanted to share […]

  • Advocates Reach Out to Immigrants Ahead of Raids

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Immigration and Customs Enforcement is expected to start raids on Sunday. A senior official says about 2,000 people are targeted across ten major cities. The organization ‘American Friends Service Committee’ is conducting outreach to migrant families throughout Iowa, even though none of the raids are planned for our state. Advocates will be informing immigrants of their rights and helping to set up emergency plans for families in case they are separated. Organizer Erica Johnson says it […]

  • ‘Pride Camp’ Connects LGBTQ Teens

    DES MOINES, Iowa — Going to camp is a summer tradition for many kids but one camp about kick off is for kids who often feel excluded. “Pride Camp” gives LGBTQ teens and their allies a chance to learn, grow, and connect with each other. Nate Monson, Executive Director of Iowa Safe Schools and Becky Smith the Director of Youth Development of Iowa Safe Schools joined us on the Channel 13 News at Four to tell us more about it. […]

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